Arsenal claim Marseille win

Arsenal claimed a hard-fought 2-1 win in their UEFA Champions League Group F opener in Marseille thanks to goals from Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey.

Last Updated: 18/09/13 at 23:35 Post Comment

Aaron Ramsey: Celebrates scoring Arsenal's crucial second at Marseille

Aaron Ramsey: Celebrates scoring Arsenal's crucial second at Marseille

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The victory means Arsenal have now won a club-record 10 successive away games.

Walcott's sublime volley from the corner of the six-yard box 25 minutes from time gave Arsenal the lead on what was a difficult night in the south of France.

Neither side impressed in the opening 45 minutes but it was the home team who looked the more likely before Walcott struck, taking advantage of a poor clearance from Marseille full-back Jeremy Morel.

The win and three points came courtesy of Aaron Ramsey's sixth goal in six games just five minutes from the end.

Marseille did claim a consolation in injury time when Jordan Ayew converted a penalty - given away by Ramsey - but the whistle went almost immediately after and left the home side with no time to look for an equaliser.

Wenger made just one change for the match, with centre-back Mertesacker - who also took the captain's armband - brought in to play alongside Laurent Koscielny.

The teams were welcomed onto the pitch by a wall of sound, with Marseille first to threaten.

Gignac's flick goalwards had supporters on their feet, with Wojciech Szczesny then having to deal with a long-range Mathieu Valbuena effort.

The frenetic start continued as Arsenal went up the other end in search of an early goal.

A Mesut Ozil cross was nodded goalwards by Walcott, only for Nicolas N'Koulou to clear from danger.

The forward was proving a pest in the early stages, forcing Steve Mandanda into action before landing a chip on the roof of the net, albeit from an offside position.

Tempo

The tempo soon calmed, though, with both sides content to keep possession as they searched for an opener.

Valbuena tried and failed after being set up by Andre Ayew in the 19th minute, before the roles reversed two minutes later.

The diminutive playmaker whipped in a corner and the Ghana international found space to flash a header just wide.

It was the closest either side had come to an opener, although the North Londoners may feel aggrieved not to have been awarded a penalty soon after.

Ozil swung in a corner from which Mertesacker was caught in the face by Alaixys Romao, but referee Olegario Benquerenca showed no interest in awarding a penalty.

Only last-ditch defending by Mertesacker prevented a Dimitri Payet ball across the six-yard box being directed home as Marseille ended the half on top, with Gignac seeing a glancing header fly just over.

Marseille continued in the ascendancy after the restart, with Fanni smashing a half-volley inches wide.

Mandanda was forced into a fine reaction save to deny Gibbs finishing a move he started, before the Marseille goalkeeper denied Jack Wilshere.

It was not all Arsenal, though. Szczesny thwarted a driven Payet effort and Gibbs came to Mertesacker's rescue in the 60th minute just as Gignac was about to nod into an open goal.

It was a missed chance Marseille were made to pay for just four minutes later. Morel misread a Gibbs cross and the ball fell kindly for Walcott, who lashed home impressively from close range.

Payet and Valbuena kept threatening as Marseille pushed for an equaliser, but Arsenal were still proving a threat - highlighted by a Giroud header just wide.

Ozil also came close in the closing stages, before Ramsey put the match out of sight by shrugging off Marseille defenders to fire home.

Jordan Ayew struck home a stoppage time penalty after Ramsey was adjudged to have tripped Andre Ayew, but it was a mere consolation as the whistle went almost as soon as the game re-started.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Wednesday, 13 May 2015
19:45
R Madrid 1-1 Juventus Report
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Bay Munich 3-2 Barcelona Report
Wednesday, 06 May 2015
Barcelona 3-0 Bay Munich Report
Tuesday, 05 May 2015
Juventus 2-1 R Madrid Report
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
Monaco 0-0 Juventus Report
R Madrid 1-0 A Madrid  
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Barcelona 2-0 PSG  
Bay Munich 6-1 FC Porto Report
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
FC Porto 3-1 Bay Munich Report
PSG 1-3 Barcelona  

Footer 365

UEFA chief Michel Platini says it would be good for football if Sepp Blatter loses FIFA election

Michel Platini is backing Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan in Friday’s FIFA presidential election.

Sheffield United sack manager Nigel Clough

League One club Sheffield United have dismissed manager Nigel Clough after missing out on promotion.

West Ham favourite Slaven Bilic to leave Besiktas

Slaven Bilic has fuelled speculation he could take over at West Ham after announcing he will leave Besiktas.

Mail Box

Can We Combine Danny And Theo?

The finishing of Theo Walcott and the hold-up play of Danny Welbeck would be just perfect. Plus, lots of Brendan Rodgers, some Big Sam and all hail Degsy...

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company